ESL Winter Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

What is winter? In this lesson plan, ESL learners will focus on vocabulary words associated with the winter season and complete an activity in which they create flashcards to help define those words.

Learning Objectives

In this lesson plan, students will:

  • Define vocabulary words associated with winter
  • Create sets of winter flashcards


50-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.


Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.


Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.


  • Printed list of vocabulary words
  • Pictures to illustrate each word (either printed out or readied to be projected in some way)
  • Package of plain white index cards
  • Markers and/or colored pencils (at least 4 packs)
  • Single hole punch
  • Metal ring clips (at least 4)


Winter Weather Words

  • Blizzard
  • Cold
  • Ice
  • Freezing
  • Snow
  • Snowflake
  • Chilly
  • Frost

Winter Activities

  • Sledding
  • Ice hockey
  • Ice fishing
  • Ice skating
  • Skiing
  • Making a snowman
  • Snowball fight
  • Snowboarding

Winter Clothing

  • Boots
  • Coat
  • Jacket
  • Mittens
  • Earmuffs
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Ski mask

Miscellaneous Winter Words

  • Season
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • Frostbite
  • Snow shovel
  • Icicle
  • Snowman

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